Taut, menacing, sinister, gripping, intelligent, action-packed - everything you could want from a thriller. When ex-LAPD patrol cop Jack Whalen's wife goes missing on a routine business trip to Seattle, his world is shaken.Meanwhile, a ten-year-old girl vanishes from a beach in Oregon after an encounter with a sinister stranger - but it gradually becomes clear that she's very far from defenceless.Searching for answers in the shadowy secrets of a past that still haunts him, Jack discovers that the truth has roots deeper and darker than he ever feared.
Michael Marshall is a novelist and screenwriter. Before writing the internationally bestselling novels 'The Straw Men', The Lonely Dead' and 'Blood of Angels', he had already established a successful career under the name Michael Marshall Smith: his groundbreaking first novel, 'Only Forward', won the Philip K. Dick and August Derleth Awards, and its critically acclaimed successors 'Spares' and 'One of Us' have been optioned by major Hollywoood studios. He lives in North London with his wife, son and two cats.